Yes it is finally here ! Today is a day of re-birth – a new beginning if you will. Today is the start of the Mets 2012 season – a season that most pundits think will be a washout -a lost season if you will. Lets just hope our Mets can prove the naysayers wrong and field a team that can finish above .500.
So here is a oldie but goodie that should put us all in the baseball spirit.
By the way I will be sitting in section 312 – row 8 if you want to stop by and say hi. Please bring beer !
And with that said…. HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes:
Reserve catcher from the ’65 season, Jimmie Schaffer (1936)
One time first round draft pick for the Mets, Lastings Milledge is 27 (1985).
Sadly on this date in 2002,Sheriff Robinson – one of the original Mets coaches passed away.
New York Mets purchased the contract of middle reliever, Butch Metzger from the St. Louis Cardinals on April 5, 1978.
The New York Mets purchased the contract of middle reliever, Danny Boitano from the Milwaukee Brewers on April 5, 1981.
The New York Mets released infielder, Mike Cubbage on April 5, 1982.Cubbage would later on become a coach for the Mets and a curse has even been named in his honor (by me).
The New York Mets sold the contract of utility man, Gary Rajsich to the St. Louis Cardinals on April 5, 1984.
The New York Mets signed free agent middle reliever, Julio Machado on April 5, 1989.
The New York Mets traded starting pitcher, Bruce Chen, spot starter/middle reliever,Dicky Gonzalez and minor league player,Luis Figueroa to the Montreal Expos for relief pitchers,Scott Strickland and Matt Watson and minor leaguer, Philip Seibel on April 5, 2002.
The New York Mets claimed utility infielder, Marco Scutaro on waivers from the Milwaukee Brewers on April 5, 2002.
The New York Mets signed free agent outfielder,Gary Sheffield of the Detroit Tigers on April 5, 2009. Yes he hit his 500th home run as a Mets, and yes he was a good citizen for most of his tenure with the Mets. But when the Mets failed to trade him to a team that was in the pennant race, the Gary Sheffield that we have all come to know reared his ugly head.
Mo Vaughn will be trying to sell access to the “Mo Zone” !!!